defining fight, and nanny of them despite the national polls, kate, am i right, feel they can go home to their district and say i did exactly what you asked me to do? >> reporter: that's absolutely spot-on. and to further the point. just today we're hearing of a concerted effort of house republicans in light of the more discussion about the mcconnell/reid plan, a concerted effort of 20 house republicans, possibly more, led by a tea party freshman, joe walsh, sent a letter to speaker boehner, who said we don't support the fallback plan, but they don't want the house speaker or eric can'ter to bring it to the floor because they do not want any compromise. they do not see a reason to budge, and simply put, they are not accepting any kind of -- anything to be -- that could be construed as a tax increase, albeit that's probably not part of the mcconnell/reid plan at this point. so, they don't see the advantage in compromise, some of them, at this point, because that's what they ran on, john. >> where do we go now? let it play out on capitol hill?